Rhetorical Homologies and Kenneth Burke's Theory of Symbolic Form as a Method in the Critique of Artistic Discourse

Barry Brummett
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The twentieth-century theorist and critic Kenneth Burke insisted that 'literature,' by which he meant any sort of artistic discourse, has rhetorical connections to actual audiences and situations. Explaining such a connection may be difficult when the artistic discourse seems to have little 'real world' relevance, as is true for so much popular film and literature today. A parallel effort to show connections among seemingly unrelated texts and actual experience is the idea of 'homology'. This paper is based on a recent book by the author merging Burke with the idea of homology, focusing specifically on Burke’s book Counter-Statement as an explication of critical methods that is fundamentally homological in nature.

Keywords: Homology, Kenneth Burke, Counter-Statement, Rhetoric, Literature
Stream: Arts Education
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Barry Brummett

Professor, Department of Communication Studies, University of Texas-Austin

Barry Brummett (PhD Minnesota, 1978) is the Charles Sapp Centennial Professor in Communication at the University of Texas-Austin. He is the author of several articles and several books, including 'Rhetoric Of Machine Aesthetics', 'The World And How We Describe It: Reality, Representation, Simulation', and 'Rhetorical Homologies: Form, Culture, Experience'. He has taught at Purdue University and at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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